Injury report: Raiders healthy as ever in Week 11

Injury report: Raiders healthy as ever in Week 11

ALAMEDA – Lee Smith is on Raiders injured reserve and Mario Edwards Jr. has yet to come off it. The Silver and Black would obviously be better with those two in the fold.

That isn’t happening right now. Despite that fact, these Raiders are shockingly healthy heading into a Week 11 clash with Houston on Monday night in Mexico.

Last week’s bye, it turns out, certainly helped out. The entire 53-man roster practiced for a second straight session on Thursday, marking the first two days of the regular season with everyone on the roster practice worthy.

There are a few limited participants, but there isn’t a serious injury in the lot. That’s an encouraging sign for this point in the season, even after a layoff.

The Texans aren’t in bad shape, either. Featured running back Lamar Miller declared himself ready to play on Monday night. Speedy receiver Will Fuller has been limited this week with a knee sprain.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s participation report for both teams.

Texans participation report
Did not practice:
RB Alfred Blue (calf), RB Jonathan Grimes (illness), WR Jaelen Strong (ankle)
Limited practice: OT Duane Brown (knee), OT Chris Clark (hip), DE Jadeveon Clowney (wrist), WR Will Fuller (knee), RB Lamar Miller (ankle), NT Vince WIlfork (groin)
Full participation: ILB Brian Peters (quad), S Eddie Pleasant (neck), OLB John Simon (shoulder), G Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB A.J. Bouye (ankle), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (neck), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (finger)

Raiders participation report
Limited practice:
WR Amari Cooper (back), C Rodney Hudson (knee), DT Stacy McGee (ankle), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OG Kelechi Osemele (knee), CB Sean Smith (shoulder)

Report: Raiders bring Reggie Nelson back


Report: Raiders bring Reggie Nelson back

Reggie Nelson has been on a reunion tour since signing with the Raiders. He first worked under Jack Del Rio, his head coach in Jacksonville and someone who choose to make him 2007’s No. 21 overall draft pick.

That link held for two years. Then Del Rio got run out in favor of Jon Gruden and Nelson hit the free-agent market. The 34-year old – he’ll be 35 in September – wasn’t expected back after a down year in 2017.

Another blast from the past created a road back to Oakland, where he reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Raiders. NFL Network reported news of Nelson’s pact.

Nelson thrived, with 23 interceptions and 62 passes defensed during six seasons in Cincinnati. New Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was linebackers coach and then Bengals DC (for two years) during Nelson’s time in the Queen City.

Nelson had five picks in 2016, his first year with Oakland, but seemed to slow down some last season. He had 60 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2017.

Nelson will help teach a system familiar to him but foreign to most Raiders, but will certainly angle for steady snaps despite increased competition at his spot. 

He’ll compete for snaps at safety despite last week’s signing of Marcus Gilchrist, expected to take his spot, though it might be an uphilll climb. Gilchrist and Joseph should still be expected to start next season. The Raiders also have Obi Melifonwu at that position, though the second-year pro must earn a role in this defense. The other three have starter’s experience and will compete for that opportunity. Gilchrist also has experience covering the slot, which could help the secondary if a career cornerback isn't found to fill that role. 

Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order


Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith surrendered to police Friday on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police said the 28-year-old Smith turned himself and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.

Earlier this month, Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges and a judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Police said Smith violated the restraining order earlier this week.

Smith’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, did not return a voicemail message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Raiders released the linebacker days after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.

He had been on the suspended list since late 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.